Tuesday Morning - June 9, 2020

An Update on Federal and State Policy Issues
from SNA

Table of Contents

COVID-19 Policy Updates

SNA Calls for Quick Action to Keep School Meal Programs Viable
Take Action: Request that Congress Support Waiver Extensions
Take Action: Speak Up for Program Funding
SNA Joins 84 Allied Organizations in Letter to USDA

Federal Policy

USDA Expands Access to Online Food Purchase Program

State Snapshots

Colorado to Reimburse for Each Lunch Served for Participants in School Food Purchasing
Kentucky Creates Resolution Honoring Those Serving Meals During Pandemic
New York Presents Bill to Create Market for Fresh Produce
Washington D.C. to Provide Grants for Healthy Schools Fund

Mark Your Calendars

School Nutrition Association Webinars

Mystery Chat Corner

COVID-19 Policy Updates

SNA Calls for Quick Action to Keep School Meal Programs Viable

On June 4th, SNA sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the immediate extension of COVID-19 emergency feeding waivers through the end of the SY 2020-2021. This letter has been sent to all of Congress and contains a request that school meals be provided for all students at no charge. This letter also includes essential information regarding ongoing financial and operational barriers as schools work to continue providing critical meals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Full press release

Take Action: Request that Congress Support Waiver Extensions

We need your voices to be heard now more than ever!  Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives asking them to follow up with USDA on the SNA letter to Secretary Perdue which was sent to all Members of Congress. Urge Congress to request that USDA extend all COVID-19 waivers throughout the next school year and provide school meals to all students at no charge.   Take action now on SNA’s Action Network.

Take Action: Speak Up for Program Funding

Please make your voice heard and urge the U.S. Senate to pass emergency funding for school nutrition programs! On May 12, 2020, U.S. Representative Alma Adams (D-NC) proposed the Funding Emergency Eating Distribution for the Children (FEED the Children) Act. The language of the bill was included in The Heroes Act and passed by the House on May 15, 2020. The Heroes Act provides $3 billion in emergency funding to help child nutrition programs cover costs associated with COVID-19 school closures. It also designates school nutrition workers as "essential." We need you to reinforce the message by writing to the Senate and asking for their support of these provisions! Take action now on SNA’s Action Network.

SNA Joins 84 Allied Organizations in Letter to USDA

On June 2nd, SNA joined 84 national partners in a letter to USDA requesting the extension of all COVID-19 child nutrition waivers through September 30, 2020. The letter stresses that schools, local government agencies and private nonprofits are making decisions today about whether they will continue to operate feeding programs this summer. Read the letter.

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Federal Policy

USDA Expands Access to Online Food Purchase Program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced approval of requests from Mississippi, Alaska, South Dakota and New Hampshire to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This approval will allow these states to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start date to be announced at a later time. For a complete list of states where SNAP online purchasing is operational, click here

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State Snapshots

Colorado to Reimburse for Each Lunch Served for Participants in School Food Purchasing Program

HB 1418 requires the Colorado Department of Education to reimburse each participating school or district in the school food purchasing program as of December 2019, five cents for every school lunch provided in the previous school year. 

Kentucky Creates Resolution Honoring Those Serving Meals During Pandemic

SR 296 is a resolution that honors teachers, bus drivers, custodial staff and other individuals that are continuing to serve and deliver meals to Kentucky students while schools and camps remain closed.

New York Presents Bill to Create Market for Fresh Produce

S 8468 establishes that the New York Department of Agriculture markets a program to purchase fresh produce from farms located in the state and distribute such products to areas of need determined by the commissioner of agriculture and markets to be food deserts.

Washington D.C. to Provide Grants for Healthy Schools Fund

B 760 requires the Washington D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education to provide local funds, federal grants, private funds for the Healthy Schools Fund, among other school improvement related acts.

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School Nutrition Association Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars. If you missed a particular webinar, catch up with SNA’s on-demand webinars.

USDA Team Nutrition Webinars

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the child nutrition programs through training and technical assistance.

How to Maximize the Exhibit A Grains Tool
June 11, 2020 2:00 PM ET
Team Nutrition will provide in-depth practice for using the grains tool on the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG) Interactive Web-Based Tool. Participants will also experience the Exhibit A Grains Tool on the Mobile App, which allows program operators to determine the grains contribution and the amount to serve on-the-go.

Mystery Chat Corner

On this day (June 9th) in 2019, Ali Stroker becomes the first actress in a wheelchair to win a Tony award for which musical?
A: Oklahoma!

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